Advocating for the Protection
and Celebration of First Nations
Cultural Heritage


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples are the custodians of an unbroken cultural legacy spanning many millennia.

The rich stories of the people and the landscapes of this country make Australia unique. First Nations Cultural Heritage tells the story of our past, present, and future.

Every day in Australia First Nations Cultural Heritage is being destroyed, damaged, desecrated, or disturbed. The destruction of the 46,000-year-old Juukan Caves by Rio Tinto horrified the world but was not an isolated occurrence nor was it illegal.

The laws to protect First Nations Cultural Heritage in Australia are broken – urgent reforms are required.

Conversational call to action

65,000 years. Over 3,000 generations. More than 300 languages.

Photo: Justin McManus    


May 15, 2024

WEBINAR: Māori Heritage Council – Innovation & Lessons for Heritage Protection
Hosted by the National Native Title Council (NNTC), the First Nations Heritage Protection Alliance (FNHPA)  is proud to present the first recording of our 2024 Webinar Series – Māori Heritage...
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May 10, 2024

NT government fails to secure land use consent from traditional owners for Red Centre Adventure ride: ABC News
ABC Alice Springs / By Stewart Brash, Emma Haskin, and Myles Houlbrook-Walk A multi-million dollar mountain bike ride has been labelled a “dead duck” by a tourism industry peak body after six years of failed...
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May 8, 2024

Landmark high court ruling finds commonwealth government liable for sacred site damage: Guardian
Case centring on damage to Gunlom Falls in Kakadu National Park overturned as it breaches Sacred Sites Act The commonwealth government can be held criminally liable for damages to Indigenous...
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Ngarrinderji Kaurna Elder and Traditional Owner Major Moogy Sumner

Join us in Protecting
Our National Treasures

First Nations Cultural Heritage is 65,000 years of culture and history that must be protected for all future generations, for all Australians and people the world over.

The damage to First Nations Cultural Heritage is a systemic issue. The laws and policies in place to protect Aboriginal Cultural Heritage are for the most part woefully inadequate – focused more on the regulation and facilitation of destruction than the protection of heritage.

We urge and invite people from all backgrounds and all sections of Australian society to gather and support our call to collectively celebrate and protect Australia’s Cultural Heritage.

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